Italian Anise Cookies


Delicious anise cookies.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
40 servings



  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¾ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon anise oil

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder


  • ½ cup confectioners' sugar, or more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons milk, or more as needed


  1. Beat eggs together in a large bowl. Gradually stir white sugar into beaten eggs until smooth. Slowly pour vegetable oil and anise oil into sugar mixture until incorporated. Mix flour and baking powder together in a separate bowl; slowly add to sugar mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until dough is dry.

  2. Refrigerate dough, 30 minutes to overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.

  4. Roll dough into walnut-size balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are crisp around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

  6. Mix confectioners' sugar and milk together in a bowl until desired consistency is reached. Dip a fork into the icing and drizzle over cookies. Allow icing to harden.

Cook's Note:

Use anise oil, you cannot substitute with anise extract. For an extra anise flavor, use 2 teaspoons.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

128 Calories
5g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 40
Calories 128
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 81mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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